Decline in State Government Employment Levels off

Source: Jennifer Burnett, Council of State Governments, Knowledge Center, Jennifer Burnett’s blog, December 3, 2013

…The Great Recession had a significant impact on government employment, particularly state and local employment. For more than three years, state and local employment fell. State government employment reached a peak level in the middle of the Great Recession, hitting just above 5.2 million employees in August of 2008. From a peak level of employment in 2008 to its lowest point in July 2013, state governments lost more than 150,000 jobs. Since July, however, state government employment job losses have leveled off, as 35,000 jobs were added between July and October 2013….